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Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Uber

By: William E. Johnson
Date: February 28, 2014
On Jan. 27, the family of a young girl killed by a driver of the private transportation company Uber sued the company in California court. On New Year’s Eve, Sofia Liu, 6 years old, died after she and her family were hit by a car in a San Francisco cross-walk.
Wrongful Death Lawsuit Filed Against Uber

Malpractice Results in Months of Cancer Treatment on Wrong Breast

By: William E. Johnson
Date: February 27, 2014
Medical malpractice occurs when treatment by a health care provider falls below the accepted standard of care in the medical community and leads to the injury or death of a patient. If a Florida healthcare provider fails to act where others with similar training would have, they may be liable for any resulting damages.
Malpractice Results in Months of Cancer Treatment on Wrong Breast

Car Crash in Palm Beach County Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Seriously Injured

By: William E. Johnson
Date: February 26, 2014
The Palm Beach Post reports that on Feb. 20, a husband and wife were jogging in Juno Beach when they were hit by a car, killing the husband. Both were flown to St. Mary’s Medical Center, where the wife remains in critical but stable condition.
Car Crash in Palm Beach County Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Seriously Injured

Insurance Companies Mislead Jurors During Trial

By: William E. Johnson
Date: February 25, 2014
In a civil case in the state of Florida, juries are not told whether or not a defendant has insurance. In the past, this was not the case. Before 1976, if a defendant had insurance, the insurance company could be joined in a personal injury lawsuit as a defendant. In 1976, due to lobbying by the insurance industry, the Florida legislature passed Florida Statute 627.4136, the “Non-Joinder Statute,” prohibiting insurance companies from being joined as a defendant in a civil case for personal injury damages.
Insurance Companies Mislead Jurors During Trial

General Motors Recalling Nearly 780,000 Cars in North America

By: William E. Johnson
Date: February 14, 2014
At least six people have died because of accidents involving faulty ignition switches in GM compact cars, causing the automaker to recall 778,562 of its 2005-2007 Chevrolet Cobalt and 2007 Pontiac G5 compacts.
General Motors Recalling Nearly 780,000 Cars in North America

Do Malpractice Laws Really Drive Doctors Away?

By: William E. Johnson
Date: February 13, 2014
Do malpractice laws really drive doctors away? A fantastic editorial published in the Des Moines Register touches on a very common malpractice myth. The article is entitled “Physician numbers in Iowa not simple as politicians say; It's a myth malpractice drives them away.”
Do Malpractice Laws Really Drive Doctors Away?

Florida Red Light Cameras May Be a Result of Bribery

By: William E. Johnson
Date: February 12, 2014
A fired executive from one of Florida’s red-light camera vendors claims in a lawsuit filed in Arizona that the company provided gifts and bribes to government officials in 13 states—including Florida—to secure to new contracts.
Florida Red Light Cameras May Be a Result of Bribery

Insurance Companies and Claim Denial

By: William E. Johnson
Date: February 11, 2014
Katherine Shea was an 83-year-old widow-- active, vibrant and in excellent health-- who lived independently in Missouri. In 2011, her life would change when she was driving down the street in her Ford Taurus, and a 17-year-old swerved his SUV into her lane, smashing her vehicle head-on. Even though the 17-year-old driver never denied fault and was well-insured, the insurance company continues to fight her valid claim.

Public Misinformed About FDA Drug-Approval Process

By: William E. Johnson
Date: February 10, 2014
A new study has found that there is a wide variation in the quality of evidence considered by the FDA in approving new drugs. This alarming new study raises substantial questions about what is exactly required of a new drug entering the market.
Public Misinformed About FDA Drug-Approval Process

Medical Malpractice Now the #3 Cause of Death in America

By: William E. Johnson
Date: February 9, 2014
The #3 cause of death in America-- behind heart disease and cancer-- is medical mistakes. Between 210,000 and 440,000 patients each year who go to the hospital for care suffer some type of preventable harm that contributes to their death.
Medical Malpractice Now the #3 Cause of Death in America